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Date:7/2/2009

o the specialty. This is carried out by all Member Boards using a four-part process that is designed to keep certification continuous.

Consumers also should be aware that there are organizations that provide certification through a process far less rigorous than ABMS Member Board certification; in some cases by taking a weekend course or reading a book and passing a one-time exam.

Patients seeking information on the status of a physician's certification in a specific specialty can find it - free of charge - by logging onto at www.ABMS.org or by calling 1-866-ASK-ABMS.

About ABMS

Now in its 75th year, American Board of Medical Specialties is the medical organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS Member Boards provide physician certification information to ABMS for its certification verification service programs. ABMS is recognized by the key healthcare credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of board certification data for medical specialists. Patients can visit www.abms.org or call toll-free 1-866-ASK-ABMS to see if their physician is board certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS visit www.abms.org or call (312) 436-2600.

The 24 Member Boards that make up the ABMS Board Enterprise, cover over 145 medical specialties and subspecialties, and include: American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Famil
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